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Trial reports    November 27, 2015  
Hamza Cheikho v Nationwide News

Jury finds most imputations pleaded against The Daily Telegraph by a young Muslim man involved in the 2012 Hyde Park protest didn’t arise … Honest opinion and truth are upheld, with Justice Lucy McCallum still to decide qualified privilege for one imputation ... more

Trial reports    November 17, 2015  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

King Cross nightclub owner describes her “upmarket, trendy” venue before her defamation case against Fairfax is stayed … NSW Court of Appeal rules on the right of a party to abandon its election for a jury trial, and to revisit a decision not to ... more

Trial reports    November 16, 2015  
Lili Chel v Fairfax Media & Vanda Carson

Defamation trial brought by the wife of former Nomads bikie gang president against Fairfax Media gets off to a slow start as parties argue over whether the matter should be heard by a jury … A quick trip to the Court of Appeal ensues ... more

Trial reports    November 12, 2015  
Natalie O'Brien v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Final days of Fairfax journalist’s action against the ABC over a damning Media Watch critique reveals more contradictions … Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Lucy McCallum discloses another personal connection ... more

Trial reports    November 10, 2015  
Natalie O'Brien v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Fairfax journalist under pressure over the sources and facts behind two environmental stories criticised by Media Watch for being inaccurate and alarmist … Counsel for the ABC, Peter Gray SC, asks whose interests she was furthering ... more

Trial reports    November 9, 2015  
Natalie O'Brien v Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Unusual case of a journalist attacked by Media Watch suing in defamation … Questions of truth, integrity and professional reputation feature in evidence before NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum, sitting without a jury ... more

Trial reports    October 21, 2015  
Sean Carolan v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd & Peter FitzSimons

Drugs in sport under scrutiny in courtroom 11D on the second day of sacked sports nutritionist Sean Carolan’s defamation action against Fairfax Media … Events take a dramatic turn as an arrest warrant is issued for a defence witness ... more

Trial reports    October 20, 2015  
Sean Carolan v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd & Peter FitzSimons

An unexpected outburst from “sports nutritionist” Sean Carolan features on day one of his defamation action against Fairfax Media and journalist Peter FitzSimons … The court hears about his “vibrational food” theory and a mysterious “organised crime figure” ... more

Trial reports    September 23, 2015  
Hamza Cheikho v Nationwide News

A young Muslim man involved in the 2012 Hyde Park protests is confronted with evidence contradicting his disavowal of support for Osama Bin Laden and his connection with extremists … Powerful cross-examination by counsel for Nationwide News ... more

Trial reports    September 21, 2015  
Hamza Cheikho v Nationwide News

A young Muslim man who attended a 2012 protest in Hyde Park which “turned ugly” takes The Daily Telegraph to court over its coverage … His barrister describes the paper’s editorial as “fundamentalism in journalism” ... more

Trial reports    June 18, 2015  
Roseanne Catt v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd

Another mistake by Fairfax results in another offer of amends trial … How damaging is a quashed murder conviction compared to a quashed conspiracy to murder conviction? ... NSW District Court Judge Ray McLoughlin to decide ... more

Trial reports    May 26, 2015  
Tony Zoef v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Identification the threshold issue in Daily Telegraph story which allegedly called an eighty one year old suburban tailor a gunrunner and arms smuggler … NSW District Court Judge Leonard Levy indicates a six figure damages sum might be in the ballpark ... more

Trial reports    May 8, 2015  
Rachelle Louise v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Rachelle Louise’s action against Nationwide News settles on the fifth day of the trial and near the end of an increasingly dangerous cross examination … The Daily Telegraph concedes the “stripper” allegation was incorrect ... more

Trial reports    May 7, 2015  
Rachelle Louise v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Rachelle Louise’s dealings with the media and her relationship with the facts are the focus of intense cross-examination by Dr Matt Collins QC … The trial halts briefly while settlement discussions take place, hot on the heels of her formal settlement with The Daily Mail ... more

Trial reports    May 6, 2015  
Rachelle Louise v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

The second day of Rachelle Louise’s defamation action against The Daily Telegraph is marked by a few tears, quite a lot of attitude and more of her belief in Simon Gittany’s innocence … The plaintiff is undermined by her own publicity on Instagram and LA Talk Radio ... more

Trial reports    May 5, 2015  
Rachelle Louise v Nationwide News Pty Ltd

Gutter journalism at its worst, says barrister for the girlfriend of convicted murderer Simon Gittany… She’s not a prostitute, she’s “a modern-day Joan of Arc” ... “Joan” has her day in court ... more

Trial reports    March 16, 2015  
The Honourable Joseph Benedict Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd, The Age Company Pty Ltd & The Federal Capital Press of Australia Pty Ltd

Final submissions in the Hockey v Fairfax defamation trial … Senior counsel face off over imputations, reasonableness, malice and the law of defamation, as authored by one of them … Justice Richard White takes no prisoners ... more

Trial reports    March 12, 2015  
The Honourable Joseph Benedict Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd, The Age Company Pty Ltd & the Federal Capital Press of Australia Pty Ltd

Evidence in Hockey defamation trial against Fairfax comes to a close … Mexican standoff as journalists hold firm and the federal treasurer insists he was called corrupt … But does “dirt mean dirt?” ... more

Trial reports    March 11, 2015  
The Honourable Joseph Benedict Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd, The Age Company Pty Ltd & the Federal Capital Press of Australia Pty Ltd

Journalistic practices and ethics under scrutiny in the Hockey defamation trial … Fairfax reporters stick to their stories (literally) under a sometimes strained cross-examination by Hockey’s counsel, Bruce McClintock SC ... more

Trial reports    March 10, 2015  
The Honourable Joseph Benedict Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd, The Age Company Pty Ltd & The Federal Capital Press of Australia Pty Ltd

Playing Hockey … “Perfect” Lange case says Fairfax defence counsel … Meanwhile, the federal treasurer’s defamation trial ventilates similar material to that canvassed in the article he’s suing over ... more

Trial reports    March 9, 2015  
The Honourable Joseph Benedict Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd, The Age Company Pty Ltd & The Federal Capital Press of Australia Pty Ltd

The federal treasurer Joe Hockey takes to the witness box to prosecute his defamation action against Fairfax … High stakes case involves integrity of politicians and journalists … Much theatre ensues ... more